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Gettysburg Heritage Center

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Address: 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number:
+1 717-334-6245
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Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg...

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining museum for families and tour groups of all ages. Learn what the Battle of Gettysburg meant to the people who lived here during the war.

Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town - freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil.

Located in the lobby of the Gettysburg Heritage Center is one of the largest and extensive gift stores. Offering a wide selection of books, apparel, gifts, collectibles, games & toys, replica weapons and much more! There is something for everyone at the Gettysburg Heritage Center!

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Gettysburg Heritage Center and Museum Admission
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Great experience!

We took our 11 year old grandson. He loved all the interactive experiences. So well done! The cellar experience really brings it home.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Michele M
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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our 11 year old grandson. He loved all the interactive experiences. So well done! The cellar experience really brings it home.

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Thank Michele M
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic museum and really worth the price. Great cellar experience and cool interactive exhibits. The gift store is really nice as well. Staff was awesome.

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Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate your feedback! Please stop by and visit us again! Thank you! Stephanie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was originally the location of the wax museum... OMG thank god it's gone! I have been interested in the American Civil War for over 20 years and have seen every photo taken between 1861 and 1865. The 3D photographs really put the true devastation and horror of war into a new perspective for me. Do they have a ton... More 

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Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so happy you liked the changes! We want to create an experience for our visitors, unlike any other. It is interesting that you used the term "New Perspective" because that is exactly what we trying to create, a new look at a town with so much history! Please be sure to stop... More 

Upstate NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were looking for a different museum, but decided to take a tour here and were glad we did! This is a beautifully laid out museum, clean rest rooms, and nice gift shop. You will definitely learn about the battles and the local residents during the war. Nice place, friendly staff.

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Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We take great pride in not only offering you a great museum and experience, but also a well maintained building and grounds. Please stop back and visit with us again! Thank you! Stephanie More 

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Once inside and walking thru the exhibits I could tell it was unique. I have visited all the local museum. This give a local pitch and history of war you are not use to reading. It's about the town of Gettysburg & its people. Great exhibit.

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Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us! Please be sure to stop back and see us again! Thank you! Stephanie More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

This is a terrific museum. Explains how the conflict affected the every day citizens of Gettysburg in a personal way, with life-size exhibits...Even if you know the battle well, you will learn a lot of details and background you didn't know before..

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Stephanie L, Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We've worked hard to create a museum that tells a different story of the battle, beyond the soldiers and the three days of fighting. Thank you again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

We really enjoyed this new museum. The movie is very good and presents the three day battle very well without too much detail. The displays were well done and gave a good understanding of what the town was like for the residents who lived there during the time of the battles and afterward.

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Stephanie L, Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you Kathy for the great review! It is important that we have good balance in telling the story; enough to cover the subject, but not too overwhelming. We appreciate your feedback! Please stop back and see us again! Thank you!! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

We found this museum in the area a little different than most.It showed things about and including the citizens of Gettysburg during and aftermath of the 3 day battle.Granted the battle was horrific,but imagine the poor residents caught in the middle. This museum tells some of those stories as well as of the battle itself. A must see when in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We lived at the quality inn so this was great place to start our experience. We got up in the morning got breakfast and headed across the street to the heritage center. The staff is very helpful and sincere. We started off with the documentary which gives us a good idea of what the battle strategy was and also has... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

I first I thought "just another museum" but I saw the center had a different look from the Civil War such as the civilian side of the war. Its interactive and the short films are interesting which also shows the horror of the war. The film at the end was informative but they have a life size diorama at the... More 

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